The BMJ Knowledge Centre has carefully selected a range of links to other evidence-based publications and organisations that support evidence-based practice.


Free resources

  • Bandolier Archived web-version of the paper bulletin board of the findings of high-quality evidence-based studies
  • Campbell Collaboration Non-profit organisation which produces systematic reviews accessible through its online library and policy briefs which aim to promote positive social and economic change
  • Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (UK) NHS-commissioned agency, whose aim is to compile and disseminate reviews about the effectiveness and costs of healthcare interventions.
  • Cochrane Library A collection of evidence-based medicine databases including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which is a leading resource for systematic reviews in healthcare publishing, with updated and new reviews on a monthly basis. Free access to the Cochrane Library for users in England is provided by the NHS []
  • The history of evidence based medicine - Oral History project from JAMA and The BMJ
  • NIHR Evidence The National Institute for Health Research (UK) sifts through evidence in 100 leading health research journals in order to produce summaries of important research which aim to provide decision makers with the evidence they can use


  • Evidence-Based Medicine Owned by BMJ, EBM publishes articles relevant to the study and practice of evidence-based medicine including original research and reviews. It also critically appraises content from a wide range of international medical journals applying strict criteria for research validity with the most relevant summarised into expert commentaries
  • Evidence-Based Mental Health Co-owned by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, The British Psychological Society and BMJ, EBMH produces succinct expert commentaries relevant to psychiatrists and psychologists following a systematic search of international medical journals and the application of strict criteria for the validity of research. It also publishes articles relevant to the study and practice of evidence-based medicine
  • Evidence-Based Nursing  Co-owned by the RCNi and BMJ, EBN produces succinct expert commentaries relevant to best nursing practice following a systematic search of international medical journals and the application of strict criteria for the validity of research


Free resources

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) US government agency for improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care
  • BestBETs  Developed by the Emergency Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary to provide reviews of the best evidence for busy clinicians covering emergency medicine, cardiology, respiratory medicine, paediatrics, nursing, and primary care
  • Catalogue of Bias A collaborative project mapping all the biases that affect health evidence
  • CenterWatch: Clinical trials listing service A resource for searching for and finding out about ongoing and previous trials. Useful for healthcare professionals, and those wishing to participate in clinical trials
  • Centre for Clinical Effectiveness An evidence-based practice support unit based at Monash Medical Centre, Australia, that encourages and supports health professionals, managers, and policy makers to use the best available evidence to improve health care
  • Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry Established in 1995, this is an independent body whose aim is to promote the teaching, learning, practice, and evaluation of evidence-based dentistry worldwide
  • Centre for Evidence Based Medicine The CEBM, based in Oxford, UK, provides support and resources to doctors, clinicians, teachers, and others interested in learning more about EBM. The Centre runs a number of workshops from a 1-day introductory workshop to 3- and 5-day workshops aimed at clinicians and other healthcare professionals who want to gain knowledge of critical appraisal and experience in the practice of evidence-based health care
  • Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) Based at University of Sydney, Australia, this database gives rapid access to the best research evaluating the effects of physiotherapy interventions.
  • Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) Includes the CONSORT Statement, an evidence-based, minimum set of recommendations for reporting randomised trials. There are extensions for different trial designs, some interventions, and types of data.
  • Critical Appraisal Skills Programme CASP has developed workshops and tools for critical appraisal covering a wide range of research
  • EQUATOR Network  This international initiative aims to promote transparent and accurate reporting to improve the reliability and value of published health research
  • Evidence-Based Practice Centers Set up by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US), these centres aim to bring together the developers and implementers of evidence-based practice to help produce and improve tools for effective clinical practice
  • Evidence-Based Research Network (EBRN) An international network which seeks to reduce waste in research by promoting the systematic review of existing evidence prior to the production of new studies, and the efficient production, updating, and dissemination of systematic reviews
  • Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) A global network which aims to support collaboration in guideline development, adaptation, and implementation
  • Global Commission on Evidence Provides a framework and recommendations on improving the use of evidence to address societal challenges, both in routine times and in future global crises
  • GRADE Working Group Since 2000 has developed a transparent approach to grading quality (or certainty) of evidence and strength of recommendations
  • Gruppo Italiano per la Medicina Basata sulle Evidenze (GIMBE) Non-profit promoting the dissemination and application of the best scientific evidence in Italian healthcare
  • IDEAL Collaboration  An international initiative which aims to improve the quality of research in surgery
  • Independent Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (Institut für Qualität und Wirtschaftlichkeit im Gesundheitswesen, IQWiG) German and English language resource examining the benefits and harms of medical interventions for patients
  • International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care (ISEHC) Promotes research in the proper use of evidence in healthcare decision making and provides professional and public education in the field of evidence-based health care
  • James Lind Library Documenting evolution of fair medical trials
  • James Lind Alliance Priority setting partnerships bringing together patients, carers, and clinicians to identify and prioritise unanswered clinical questions and evidence uncertainties
  • Joanna Briggs Institute An international not-for-profit research and development centre based at the University of Adelaide, Australia, which collaborates internationally to promote evidence-based healthcare and the feasibility and effectiveness of healthcare practices
  • Life in the Fastlane  A medical website and blog providing evidence-based insights and education for emergency medicine and critical care
  • Making GRADE the irresistible choice (MAGIC) An international initiative which uses GRADE methodology to improve the creation, dissemination, and updating of clinical practice guidelines, evidence summaries, and decision aids
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence UK government organisation set up with the aim of providing guidance for clinicians and managers, patients, and public, on the basis of critically appraised research
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence  Developing NICE guidelines process and methods:  Glossary
  • Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) An evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Extensions are available for reporting different types of systematic review e.g., diagnostic test accuracy, individual patient data, and network meta-analyses.
  • PROSPERO International prospective register of systematic reviews
  • Research to Publication The BMJ, working alongside the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), aims to provide a gold standard online programme of self study enabling doctors and clinical researchers develop their research and writing skills and succeed in getting papers published
  • ScHARR School of Health and Related Research University of Sheffield, UK. Teaching and consultancy work on health service research/health technology assessment. The department is involved in literature searching, appraisal, and compilation of reviews
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) Evidence-based practice guidelines for the NHS in Scotland. Files downloadable (pdf format)
  • Skeptics Guide to EM Provides emergency medicine clinicians and students with the best evidence through the website, weekly podcast, and social media channels
  • Students 4 Best Evidence Information and resources from Cochrane UK for students interested in evidence-based healthcare
  • SR toolbox Searchable database of the available guidance and software for every stage of the systematic review process
  • Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care Assessment of benefits, harms, cost-effectiveness, ethical, and broader social effects of health interventions
  • Testing Treatments Interactive Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (UK)  TTi aims to promote critical thinking about treatment claims
  • Therapeutics Initiative Home page of Canadian evidence-based therapeutics site
  • Trip database Database of research on a range of topics
  • World Health Organization Links to global health information

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